My work is looking at how we might begin to have a shift of awareness of the architecture of a site through interaction with ubiquitous technology such as smart phones.
This experiment looks at the tacit dimension of the body, the ability of the body to read information about an environment whilst distracted. It responds to a provocation around repetition given during a participatory and experimental workshop by Rebecca Gamble and Kashif Nadim Chaudry at Primary in Nottingham; Performing Materials, Sculptures and Gestures.
The provocation was;
Determine the limits of an object or event
Determine the limits more precisely
Repeat, until further precision is impossible
G.Brecht Exercise, 1961
When operating a smart phone we focus our attention on using the phone. How might we start to pick up information about our environment through our body as we are distracted by the device? Do we tacitly learn about tectonics through leaning up, resting or interacting with the environment surfaces with our body. Is it possible to build a somatic picture that allows us to negotiate certain environments without fully ‘attending’ to them in other ways? I am interested in what we ‘accidentally’ learn about a space when we are engaged with a device. I am interested in the shapes of the body – the unusual contorted postures we might make when we are texting for instance or the reaffirming sound we might make with our hands or feet to build an idea of location and proprioperception. We test our body against surfaces, we read them – we shift our postures whilst we are having a telephone conversation.
During two hours I made many texts and phone calls, climbing the stairs and resting upon them. Allowing my body to read the surfaces. Then I tested through repetition and I began to exaggerate my postures knowingly to see what I knew about the space.